TenPow steals the night, but Persaud heads to Florida
By Akeem Greene
Jeremy TenPow was in sublime form, but it was Zachary Persaud who got the vital points to seal the Junior Championship when the 2019 Georgetown Grand Prix concluded at GT Motorsports Friday evening.
TenPow was the night’s 125cc Junior champion driver with two first and a third, however, the biggest grin at sleep will be on the face of Persaud since he won the all-inclusive MOTUL-sponsored package to Florida.
The 14-year-old will represent Guyana at AMR Motorplex Karting Challenge in Homestead, Florida. The event is expected to be held on the first weekend of January 2020 and his package includes a kart, airfare and hotel accommodation.
Meanwhile, TenPow produced his best for the season.
In the first race, Nathan Rahaman, who was a genuine contender for overall title, having been just two points behind Persaud, was out in front and began showcasing his strength of defensive driving.
He looked set on snatching the chequered flag until he crashed in the dying stages of the race, giving TenPow his golden opportunity. Paige got second and Persaud third.
With a reversed grid in the second race, Persaud seized an early opportunity and blazed ahead, virtually leaving the battle for the other two spots. Mendonca held on for another second, while TenPow got third.
Rahaman had qualified on pole with a time of 32.798s, followed by TenPow (32.872) and Persaud (33.443).
The younger TenPow, Justin, as expected, was unmatched in the Sunburst 60cc Kids Cup, dominating all three races, while Ben Phang and Nicholas Sawh shared a constant second and third.
Over in the Easy Cup Rookie, the hype title contender Ackeem ‘Flat Top’ Thomas and Luis Kumar brought pre-match, was quelled since qualifying rounds. Both seemed to be more than a pace off the pack and suffered crashes and mechanical issues.
It meant Naresh Alves, the man who the duo wanted to hunt in a pack, had smooth sailing, winning two races and getting a second. Jorge Luis Ramiez and Trinidadian Rylie Ramroop completed the podium spots for the night.
The 125cc Seniors had it thrills, especially in race two, where Kristian Jeffrey operated like a lion who had no intentions on giving up on his Buffalo meal.
John Phang was the prey for Jeffrey, and the former was doing a remarkable job at not being snatched up by Jeffrey in the hair pin.
Tit for tat they went until the final lap when Jeffrey got him on the inside. Phang then crashed into the tire wall to bring an anti-climax to a thrilling race.
The 125cc Masters was all Raymond Seebarran with him winning two races, the other going to Shan Seejatan, while Haniff Mohamed was a consistent third.